When Finnish-born, currently Irish-based idm veteran Lackluster, aka Esa Ruoho, insistently pinged us over IM to release this stunning single track, 'Zero Million Barrels Of Oil Per Day', he was keen that it go live before the global oil market reached its peak. We're not sure we actually managed that, but heck, we figure this almost 10-minute track will convey its mood perfectly well, separately of the amount of crude bubbling out of the ground at any particular speed.
Esa's official site reveals what he's been up to since last releasing on Monotonik early last year, and it includes a new album, 'Slice', on excellent Belgian label U-Cover, as well as recent live gigs in Holland, Spain, France, and Dublin, as well as a forthcoming spot this November at the lab30 mini-festival in Augsburg, Germany.
So, what of 'Zero Million Barrels Of Oil Per Day'? Well, it starts soft, with almost imperceptible shifts in mood, before blasting into life and color, sonic earthquakes and melodic gushers to the fore. If anyone can refine pure noise into beauty, it's Lackluster, and this carefully crafted track does just that. More soon, please.
October 20, 2005 Subject:
Real, Real, R-REEAL good work. I would like to make some kind of stuff hardbeaten like this. And I try too. Just an audio apocalypse
October 19, 2005 Subject:
lacks luster...but wait
Not into this release at all. Obviously skilled
producer but the track does nothing for me.
I heard some of his stuff before on the deFocus
comp too. Same story really, impressive production but the tracks were not for me.
JUSt like to say i recently listened to mtk129
and his latest collabo with Esem on Kahvi. Lackluster is the man, keep it up.
October 16, 2005 Subject:
still brilliant and beautiful
esa has changed his style like all other musicians in the world, but I have been a fan of his since the late 90's and I love all his work.. This is a great track with a hard/crazy experimental feel that nobody can imitate...
i love lackluster and anyone who doesn't probably can't understand his music. Many of my friends just hear noise when I play his harder tracks..
I feel fortunate to hear the beauty behind alot of the clicky/glitchy sounds...
thank you for releasing almost all of your work for free, not many artists are this generous.
September 28, 2005 Subject:
We don't have barrels here.... :)